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Accreditation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Accreditation with the IACP

What do I need to become accredited with IACP?

To apply for accreditation with the IACP an applicant must have qualified as a Counsellor /Ppsychotherapist and have at least 450 hours of supervised client contact hours post training. The IACP requirements for both the core course and supervision must be met for successful accreditation. For full details see the First Time Accreditation page.


I’m moving to Ireland from another country where I have qualified and/or practiced as a counsellor / psychotherapist. Is there an alternative route for me to become accredited with IACP?

No. All applications for accreditation go through the same application process and must meet the same requirements. See the Overview page for a diagram of progression through the membership categories and the First Time Accreditation page for full details of the requirements.


My course is not listed as an IACP Accredited course. Can I still apply for accreditation?

Yes. You will be required to provide additional documentation from your course to prove that the course you completed meets IACP Core Course criteria. For a detailed list of core course criteria see the First Time Accreditation page.


Do I need to be an IACP member to apply for accreditation?

No, as of November 2016, you do not need to be a Member before you can apply for IACP accreditation. 


Do I need to be a member whilst I work towards accreditation?

No, you may count training and practice you did as a non-member. See the Overview page for a diagram of progression through the membership categories.


How long does it take for an application for first time or renewal of accreditation to be processed?

Processing an application can take up to 3 months. Only fully completed applications are assessed by the Accreditation Secretary and the Accreditation Committee if necessary. Once approved all applications are screened by the Complaints Committee.

Subject to Complaints clearance recommendations for accreditation are then sent to the Executive Committee for ratification. Following ratification, a letter of notification and a certificate of accreditation is sent to the successful Member. Applicants cannot be notified of the decision on their application until it has been ratified by the Executive Committee.

If an application is not complete or additional information is required then the processing time may be longer. At certain times of the year or if the volume of applications is high it may take longer for your application to be processed.

N.B. Incomplete applications will be rejected.


As a Pre-Accredited or Accredited Member, how often do I need to be in Supervision?

For Pre-Accredited and Accredited Members, Supervision must take place a minimum of once a month when the therapist is actively seeing or available to see clients. This requirement is applicable whether a therapist has clients are not. 


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Timeframe for statutory registration

 

Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.

 

The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

 

On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.

 

Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.

 

 


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